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Pidgin 2.6.1: The best Linux IM client gets better

Aug 24, 2009, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Pidgin's current VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and video framework is rudimentary, but the promise is there. Today, you can only use voice and video over XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol), an open IM XML standard on Linux. However, what's important is that the framework is there. Adding voice and video to other IM protocols won't be easy, but the big first step had been taken now.

"Pidgin already has the IM clients down pat: AIM, Google Talk, IRC, MSN, Sametime, et al. That said, I found that v2.6.1 has faster overall performance and fewer hiccups."

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